How to Integrate a Helper Module in Ruby

This guide walks through how to integrate Ruby modules in order to add custom helper methods to a class.


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Build a module with helper methods and call the methods from a class.

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Code File

Exercise Description

Build a helper module called InvoiceHelper that contains a method called taxable? that checks the source of an order and returns if it's taxable order or not. Then build a class called Sale that has a total and source attribute. Then build a method called place_order that returns the total plus a 6% tax rate if the source is AZ or online, and returns the total by itself if the source is any other value.

Example Input

s =, 'AZ')
s.place_order # => 530.0

s2 =, 'TX')
s2.place_order # => 500.0

Real World Usage

Building helper modules is an important task when it comes to code organization. This example is a practical case study on how you can add a boolean helper method to a class without having to clutter the class code.


Can be found on the solutions branch on github.

Jordan Hudgens

Jordan Hudgens

I've been a software engineer for the past decade and have traveled the world building applications and training individuals on a wide variety of topics.

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